Feb. 22, 1930-Aug. 13, 2019
God saw her getting tired and a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered, “Come Home With Me.” With tearful eyes we watched her and saw her pass away, and although we loved her dearly, we could not make her stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best!
Our sweet Evie; daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandma, great-grandma and last of the “PJ’s Market Ladies” passed away peacefully with her children by her side on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at the Community Hospital of Anaconda.
Evelyn Angela (Kriskovich) Hekkel was born on February 22, 1930. Evelyn was the third of six children born to John and Irene Kriskovich.
Evie was raised and would go on to live her entire life in Goosetown! Evie graduated valedictorian from Anaconda Central High School in 1948. She married William Richard Hekkel on June 2, 1956. Together they raised seven children.
Evie worked various jobs in Anaconda including PJ’s Market clerk, Keno caller at Granny’s Kitchen and Avon Lady for over 50 years. If it was a job that Evie could talk and socialize with people, she was hired!
Evie’s most-loved job was cooking, baking and caring for her family. Each of her seven children had a special place in her heart and she would always say, “she loved them all the same” although the five girls knew the truth!
Evie and Richard were blessed with a large family and enjoyed the fruits of all their labors -- eleven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Evie is survived by her sisters, Rosalie Kriskovich and Kathy (John) Bleile; her children, DeeAnn (Frank) Hubert, Carol (Terry) Mickey, Sheila (Ron) Verlanic, Nancy (Kyle) Moquist, Janet (Kevin) Fuller and John (Stephanie) Hekkel; her grandchildren, Marcie Maes, Chad Verlanic (Rachel Yerkich), Shannon (Nate) Oswald, Kyle (Savannah) Moquist, Erin Mickey, Chelsie (Cory) Orrino, Tyler Verlanic (Bri Speltz), Joe Fuller, Haggin Hubert, Vatore Hekkel, Teah Fuller and Thomas Hekkel; great-grandchildren, Kain Maes, Landon Moses, Reid Maes, Taeryn Moses, Max Moquist, Kotah Oswald, Bridger Oswald, and Kambree Moquist; in-laws, Lorena Hekkel, Ruby Hekkel, Christine Jensen, Jeannie Hekkel and Adeline Rasmussen as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Evie was preceded in death by her parents, John and Irene Kriskovich; her husband, Richard and her oldest son, Tom; her siblings, Louis (Theresa) Kriskovich, Mary (George) Tonkovich, Eileen (Fred) Blodnick; and her in-laws, Anna and Gotlieb Hekkel, Kathryn (John) Miller, Pauline (Ted) Engleman, Benny Hekkel, Pete Hekkel, Dave (Emma) Hekkel, Othelia (Bob) Schultz, Edward Hekkel, Gotlieb Hekkel, Clarence Hekkel and Glen Rasmussen.
The Hekkel family would like to acknowledge those who have been so kind to Evie. Paulette Vetter, her beautician of 40 plus years, and special friend/cousin Teresa Fullerton, also Dr. Greg, Dr. Nate Cook, Dr. Stevane, Dr. Natalie Como, CHA Physical Therapy Dept., CHA Hospice (Donna Ritchie), Jeanna Cooney, RN, Jess VanAlstyne, RN, CHA Nursing Home Staff and the nursing home caravan drivers Rob Kellegher, Dan Hess and Bob Shaw. You all hold a special place in Evie’s heart.
Evie had a strong faith in God and loved to share that faith with her family. She insisted on starting each celebration with the Lord and THEN going to the Club Moderne! Evie loved family gatherings, getting her hair done at the beauty shop, going to church, playing bingo, dropping a nickel in the keno machines, Lawrence Welk, Molly B’s Polka Party, Young and the Restless and the Game Show Network.
We will celebrate Evie’s life at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with a Polka Wake. Visitation will begin on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 4:00 p.m., the Rosary will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Vigil at 6:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. There will be one hour of visitation prior to the service.
Evie will be laid to rest between her husband, Richard and son, Tom at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Peter’s Restoration Project, 217 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Anaconda, MT 59711 or the CHA Caravan Replacement Project, c/o Rob Kellegher, 615 Main St., Anaconda, MT 59711.
Mom, thank you, we love you, we will all get along and go to church!!
Longfellow Finnegan Riddle Funeral & Cremation Service is entrusted with Evie’s funeral arrangements. You may pay your condolences at www.longfellowfinneganriddle.com.